Three friends embark on a road trip like in high school, but things have changed - Gregor is going to war mission, Ziva is going to study abroad, while Andrej is still the same. There are secrets left unsaid. Can their friendship survive?
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Natasa Barbara Gracner
Ziva, Andrej and Gregor are best friends since high school. Gregor is a soldier who is about to embark on a mission to Afghanistan and Ziva is going to study abroad. Andrej is their gay friend who hates everything, himself included. They decide to go to a road trip to the seaside like they did when they were in high school. When they arrive, they get drunk and Ziva and Gregor kiss each other, what brings tension to their relationship, while Andrej doesn't know anything and just makes fun of everything, mostly of Gregor and his army ideals. The conflict erupts when Ziva, in a fit of rage, destroys their tent and tells a secret that enrages Andrej. Only then the true problem is revealed - Ziva is not going to study abroad, she was lying because she didn't want to pity her.Written by
A TRIP (2011) is a Slovenian road movie about three best friends, and untold secrets.
A TRIP (2011) is an experimental road movie about three best friends (Andrej, Gregor and Ziva) who reunite after a long time apart to take a road trip together through their native Slovenia. They have known each other for years and yet, during their trip, find out that none of them really knows each other. Since leaving school, each of them has gone their separate ways, far away from the idealism of youth to experience life's difficult and often iniquitous blows. While Andrej has had live in old world Solvenia as a homosexual, oftentimes discriminated against even to the point of abuse, Gregor has lived through war as a soldier and has partaken in the death of war's innocent collateral damage. Their beautiful female friend, Ziva, seems to have it all going for her on the outside- she's attractive, smart, lovable and Gregor clearly has a repressed passion for her- but there is something beneath the surface that she has never revealed to either of them, a dark secret that begins boiling to the surface the longer she suppresses it.
In the beginning of the trip, it is all laughs and excitement, but the further they go out on the road, the further they go into themselves and reveal the darker, more interior trip within. A TRIP is a tender, yet agonizing coming-of-age drama about friendship, love and finding oneself; the trying and heartbreaking journey we must all take to merit all three.
written by Vanessa McMahon, November 22, 2011
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